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This presentation is over the top. BFing beyond 1 year old is a private, personal, family decision. Not necessary to be shared with the public, in my opinion.
I am saddened by the lack of evidence-based data in the article.
Thanks for weighing in Kimberly.
There's something too sexual about this photo - the way the mother is posing, her clothes and I absolutely don't like it.
Oh my... I have to say I appreciate anything that's pro breastfeeding! I don't care if people are doing it as a "fad" or "trend" just the fact that they are doing it is great to me. I agree Time was going for shock value but unfortunately that's one of the best ways to get people's attention.
I am relieved to see that this is her real son... I agree with Marilyn, it looks very sexual and is in bad taste. They obviously chose the largest three year old they could find! At first glance the boy looks 8!
The pose, clothing and look of the mother is too sexual. If she was dressed more modestly and the child was in a different position it wouldn't be so shocking. We want breastfeeding to be accepted not shunned as lewd.
Ah, Time. Trying so hard to be relevant.
My wife went to a La Leche meeting which instructed that children should be allowed to breastfeed as long as possible. The lesson she took away from watching a grown child pull up his mother's shirt for a snack in the middle of the meeting was that we now wean our children at 1 year.
I heard today that the boy is almost 4. I agree with Jana's comment about wanting breastfeeding to be accepted. But, too many these days make a blantant attempt at throwing it all open in public to make a point rather than handling breastfeeding modestly and with dignity. I shudder to think that Time Magazine is purposefully portraying breastfeeding in a negative way. Sad.
Though I am totally, 100% pro breastfeeding as long as you can/want, I truly think this picture is going to do more harm than good and the title is a grenade in the mommy wars. The subtext of the whole picture/title is all wrong.
I 100% support breastfeeding, but I do not support this picture on a magazine cover. I feel it is a little to sexual. The picture really does not portray a mom feeding her baby, but rather this women is posed in a way that I feel is inappropriate an
More nurture, less˝in your face" Kinda uncomfortable when presented like this. Who breastfeeds in this manner? I certainly didn't look like this with my twins....good Lord. lol
Breastfeeding is a true gift, it is unfortunate the shock value of the picture takes away from its value to the child.
I am trying to see the positive. It's making people talk about breastfeeding. I don't really care for anything that is just for shock value, but hopefully some good will come of it. My daughter is 9 and we practice Catholic Attachment Parenting and i nursed her till she naturally weened..then i continued pumping for another year. As parents we do what we feel is best.
I am pro-breastfeeding, and feel that it a families decesion to breastfeed as long as they feel is right for their situation. I do not have a problem with a child of this age breastfeeding, however, I do not feel that this was meant to be a pro-breastfeeding article. It is just another way for the media and society to show breastfeeding moms in a bad light.
From a non mother's perspective? I think breastfeeding is great. I do not want to see it publicly. EVER. Find a private spot, please. Breasts aren't only utilitarian devices and popping them out publicly because it's convenient for the mother at the expense of others is tacky and self absorbed. As far as "attachment parenting" to this degree as a concept? It seems contra-indicated to raising a self confident child.
Shock value for sure. Another pose...different clothes for sure. I'm all for breastfeeding - breastfed both of mine, but this cover is just way too much.
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Boob hat!! Take that, stodgy people who are offended by breastfeeding!
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